Wednesday, January 25, 2012

No more "bored" games for us....

One of my favorite things to do with my kids is play board games.

I know, I know...some parents would rather undergo a painful root canal than play a board game with their kids.  Tim, in particular.  He considers them "bored" games and refuses to partake in our twice-a-week ritual. Honestly, I think it's because he's afraid the kids will kick his ass at Monopoly but that's just between me and you guys, okay?

I think spending quality time with your kids playing games is so important.  Not only for the cognitive learning possibilities (counting numbers on a pair of dice, identifying colors, following a sequential pattern, etc) but also for the social opportunities it provides (learning how to wait your turn, good sportsmanship, etc).

One of our absolute favorite games to play is Monopoly (the electronic banking version).  I used to get frustrated having to deal with all the fake money but with the electronic banking version, it makes it really simple for young players.

Every player gets a plastic card (similar to a credit card) and you simply slide the card in the banking device to add money or take money from your account.  Even my 4-year olds know how to operate it.

And I love that they're essentially learning how to handle money.  Like, for instance, they land on a property they were hoping to buy but they don't quite have enough money to buy it.  Or when they owe another player money....they know they have to make good on their loan or there will be consequences.

Great life lessons, right?


Another game we love is Battleship.   Not only do I love the competitiveness of this game but I like that the kids are learning how to plan strategically.  They really have to use their brains in this game, pay attention and try to outsmart their opponent.

They also have to know their letters and numbers in order to identify spots on the board, which has been helpful for the little twins.


Lastly, a perfect game for the little ones (preschool age) is Yahtzee Junior.  Even my big twins love this game.

It's super easy to play...simply roll the dice and try to match up the faces of the characters.

This game teaches kids how to count, recognize matches and good sportsmanship.  Garrett and Landon have even learned how to add up their scores at the end of the game to determine who the winner is.


Those are just a few of our favorites!  We have stacks and stacks of various board and card games that we enjoy.

Board games are such a wonderful way to bring the family together (unless, of course, you have one particular person in the family who is a party pooper....cough, cough...Tim).  

And one of the perks is that all these games are affordable!  There are plenty of ways to save on Hasbro games...right now you can get 35% off!

If you don't already enjoy a family night of board games, why not start?   I can guarantee it's something your kids will love and come to really look forward to!

What games does your family enjoy playing together?


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24 comments:

Samantha said...

Back at Christmas I almost bought Bree some board games...I didn't...however, I do think it would be fun...and a hidden way to learn :)

Kmama said...

I love playing games. When I moved into my first apartment, I didn't have cable TV. Jdaddy and I were just dating at the time. When he would come over, we ended up playing games. It was so fun.

Buddy got Battleship for Christmas and I love playing that game with him!!

Angela said...

Our son is a fan of the Monopoly you mention with credit card swiping facilities and gets quite a kick out of being the property tycoon. You are so right about board games - plenty of learning opportunities ;-)

Lisa said...

I can't wait till we can start playing board games. PJ got Chutes & Ladders for Christmas, and even though it says three and up, he still doesn't quite get it. I think by 3.5/4 he'll be good to go. Of course, then Mags will be jealous. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I actually love playing board games. My favorite is Scrabble, but the boys are too little for that.

Natalie said...

We LOVE board games too! I need to go find Ethan Yahtzee Jr...he always wants to play with me on the iPad :)

Tiffany said...

We love them too! Tumbling Monkeys (okay okay, not technically a board) is our current fave! CandyLand is also a great one but both Prayse and Raymonn cheat so i have to keep my eye on them.

Missy said...

Are the consequences to owing someone money in Monopoly a big scary man coming to collect?

Kidding - we just started Family Game Night last month - my kids LOVE it. Very cute. We're doing the 1st Saturday of the month.

I might have to get these two! I forgot how much I love Monopoly.

Lisa said...

I love board games! And thankfully so does my husband. Every year for Christmas my siblings get us new games to add to the collection. We're pretty sure by the time we have kids that they will have every board game ever invented. And when I go back home, I still play with my family and even my grandma! They are so fun and I have great memories. One of our favorites is Rummikub - most people have never heard of it but everyone who plays with us LOVES it.

MommaKiss said...

Huge battleship fans here! And we play life, which is incredibly long and crazy, but the boys love it. Especially the money.

Brad Jenkins said...

We are BIG fans of games. While the girls are too young to enjoy them yet, or know how to play, I have started teaching them little things.

When they fill a little stacking cup with something, and then dump it out, we yell "YAHTZEE"!

They say "YAYEE", but it's close enough for me.

angel shrout said...

OH we love board games. One we have our kids on now is Scrabble and Upwords. They are both old enough to play and spell decent words and the Upwords teaches them about letter changes and the like..

Nezzy said...

Here's a word of advice from an old chick. It's great to spend time and have fun with board games when the kids are little but hang on to them through the teen years.

Yes, I found anything that kept our teens and their dates hands busy was a good thing! Heeehehehehe!!!

...but I am serious here.

God bless ya sweetie and have a fantabulous day!!!

WhisperingWriter said...

Honestly, right now playing board games with the kids drives me insane. So we don't play a lot of them at the moment. Maybe when they are a little older..

irishtwinsmommababybook said...

We bought Candyland and My Little Pony memory for the girls. Oops. I mean Santa did. They love it, but I have no patience for Candyland. It's almost over in an instant and the girls don't care if they pick one of the lands that sets them back.

Eva Gallant said...

When my kids were little we played a lot of card games. As teens, Balderdash was a favorite! I just spent last Saturday afternoon teaching my 10 year old grandson to play cribbage.

Emmy said...

We love battleship and the game of Life - I like games more now that my kids are old enough to play something other than Candy Land.

MiMi said...

Um. Confession:
I don't understand Monopoly. At all.

Jenny said...

Candyland is my favorite. Abby also likes Sight Words Bingo, Pizza Fractions and Hi Ho Cherry-O.

I just saw that there is a Cat Monopoly game that I think Abby would love!

Stacy said...

Love Board Games, though my kids agree with Tim, it breaks my heart because I love them so much. We have Monopoly Jr which is fun (though not much strategy), Qwirkle (LOVE IT, though kids don't), and a couple of more.. hopefully they'll change their mind soon. (my twins are 6 years old)

MandyE (Twin Trials and Triumphs) said...

The girls got their first game for their third birthday a couple of weeks ago, Candy Land. I remember playing that when I was a kid (although as an only child, my play buddies were limited to Mom and Dad ;) ). I'm not sure we're quite ready to sit down and play...but we may give it a go this weekend, one kid and one parent on a team.

I know it seems miniscule, but that's one of the really cool things for me about having twins, is hoping they'll enjoy playing games together. :)

Karen Peterson said...

We were always a big board game family. I LOVE games. I haven't played any in awhile, but some of my favorites are Scattergories, Apples to Apples and Clue.

Rebecca @ Unexplained X2 said...

ZINGO is a winner in our house...easy enough for 3-year olds, keeps them engaged, and helps a bit with sight words. LOVE IT!

That Monopoly looks awesome, but we're a tad too young. Maybe it would help ME handle my money!

izza said...

My family loves playing board games, we often play it on bed time. Thanks for giving out options! Gonna check the battleship, I don't have this yet. Child Care

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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